Police Review Board commissioner dies at 71

Vonnie Gurgin — Berkeley Police Review Board commissioner, UC Berkeley alumna, criminology expert and dog-lover — was pronounced dead Oct. 17 after she was found in her Berkeley Hills home. She was born in 1940. Fellow Commissioner George Perezvelez describes Gurgin’s presence on the commission as simultaneously professional and personal.
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Berkeley unemployment rate decreases to 9.7 percent, lowest rate since May

The city of Berkeley’s unemployment rate decreased to 9.7 percent in September, a 0.5 decrease from the August rate, according to preliminary figures released Friday by the California Employment Development Department. Berkeley’s labor force in September was 58,000, of which 5,600 were unemployed, according to the department. Unemployment in Berkeley
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Eight earthquakes hit Berkeley over past several days

Since Thursday, Berkeley has been at the center of at least eight earthquakes. The first, and largest, was a 4.0 magnitude quake that hit just before 3 p.m. Thursday and was centered under South Berkeley, according to U.S. Geological Survey. The temblor was followed by three smaller earthquakes in the
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Magnitude 2.8 earthquake shakes Berkeley

A magnitude 2.8 earthquake — followed by a 1.3 magnitude quake — gently shook the East Bay early Saturday morning, causing little or no damage, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. The agency reported that the quake struck at 12:06 a.m. with an epicenter in the Berkeley Hills. The second quake
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Magnitude 3.8 earthquake rattles Berkeley

A magnitude 3.8 earthquake shook the East Bay Thursday night, causing little or no damage, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. The agency reported that the quake struck at 8:16 p.m. and was centered in Berkeley just south of the UC Berkeley campus, near Memorial Stadium — located directly on
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Earthquake magnitude 4.0 hits Berkeley

A magnitude 4.0 earthquake shook the East Bay Thursday afternoon, causing little or no damage, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. The agency reported that the quake struck at 2:41 p.m. and was centered in southeast Berkeley at the UC Berkeley Clark Kerr Campus. The quake was originally reported to be
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Occupy Berkeley protesters setting up tents in Martin Luther King, Jr. Civic Center Park in early October.

Demonstrators remain resolute in Occupy Berkeley protest

Ghostchaser, silver hair flowing from her rhinestone-adorned black cap, took long sips of her coffee while sitting among cardboard signs and sleeping bags in front of the Bank of America in Downtown Berkeley Monday morning. She does not get much sleep anymore since she has to worry about thieves breaking
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